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July 30, 2019 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

World Expeditions’ new trekking and mountaineering range is reaching new heights with the announcement that Andrew Lock and Tim Macartney-Snape will lead two new trips in coming months.

Tim Macartney-Snape, the first Australian to summit Mt Everest – via a new route and without supplemental oxygen – will lead a new World Expeditions’ trekking adventure to summit three peaks of Uganda’s Mountains of the Moon while Andrew Lock, the first Australian to climb all 14 peaks over 8000m, will lead a climbing expedition to summit Nepal’s just opened Mt Himlung.

The 12 day Triple Peaks of the Rwenzori with Tim Macartney-Snape is a unique opportunity to trek the remote alpine valleys and glacial landscapes of the Rwenzori Mountains under the guidance of renowned mountaineer, Tim Macartney-Snape.

Rarely visited and isolated, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rwenzoris are easily Africa’s best kept secret.  Encompassing much of Africa’s permanent ice, the range is home to incredibly varied vegetation ranging from montane rainforest, through bamboo forest and moorland, to the alpine zone and the glaciers.

Taking a remote and specially developed route not commercially trekked, this demanding and challenging trek includes a triple ascent of Mount Baker (4842m), Weismann’s Peak (4620m) and Margherita Peak (5109m) and will require roping up and the use of crampons.

The 12 day Triple Peaks of the Rwenzori with Tim Macartney-Snape departs Entebbe on 27 December and costs $6,890 per person.

The 32 day Mt Himlung (7123m) with Andrew Lock forges a route through the fascinating Tibetan villages of Nar and Phu, offering sweeping views to Api Himal, Kappa Chuli Peak and Nanda Devi, on the way to the little visited Mt Himlung (7123m), which has only recently been opened to climbing by the Nepalese authorities.

Departing 14 October 2019, the carefully planned itinerary ensures ample acclimatisation and will operate with a 2:1 climber/climbing sherpa ratio, to maximise the group’s chance of summit success. The trip is suitable for those with some climbing experience and approval is needed before confirmation of a place.

According to World Expeditions CEO, Sue Badyari, climbing under the guidance of elite mountaineers such as Tim Macartney-Snape and Andrew Lock is hugely rewarding for travellers.

“Our leaders are passionate about sharing their knowledge and their love of the experience,” Ms Badyari said, “and travellers learn a lot and relish the experience of travelling with them.”

“Interestingly, in this era of overtourism concerns, even people embarking on the more extreme end of adventure travel are wanting to go more remote,” she said.  “We’re meeting this desire with these expert-led itineraries and the market is responding very positively.”

As well as the Rwenzori’s, World Expeditions’ active African program includes treks in South Africa’s Drakensberg Mountains, Morocco’s High Atlas and Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains, as well as several routes on Mt Kilimanjaro, where it pioneered commercial treks on the Remote Northern Circuit and Shira Routes.

In Nepal, World Expeditions offers dozens of trekking and walking itineraries all over the country, including the 150 day Great Himalaya Trail, which traverses Nepal from east to west, linking 8 trips consecutively.

About Andrew: Andrew is the most accomplished high altitude mountaineer in the British Commonwealth. The first Australian to climb all 14 peaks over 8000m and a veteran of countless expeditions, his expertise as a climber and guide and his peerless safety record will ensure travellers are in the best possible hands on this expedition.

About Tim: Tim is Australia’s best known mountaineer, having twice climbed Everest, firstly via a new route on the North Face and secondly by a world first climb from sea level to the summit.  His other expeditions span countless other Himalayan peaks including Ama Dablam, Yangma and Gasherbrum 4.  Tim was born in Africa and is thrilled to be heading back there is lead this unique expedition.

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